By Nsenga K. Burton
Many women struggle with menopause, a natural and normal condition that all women experience as they age. The term “menopause” can describe any of the changes a woman goes through either just before or after she stops menstruating, marking the end of her reproductive period.
WisePause is a pro-age online and offline wellness platform formed to educate and connect women with trusted information, supportive community, and actionable reliable resources focused on the health and wellness of women leading up to menopause at midlife. Whether online or at an event, women are introduced to culturally diverse practitioners and experts with the latest discoveries, best treatments and scientifically proven remedies.
WisePause makes the second stop of its lifestyle tour at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center Theatre Ballroom Saturday, October 12 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. More than 20 experts are scheduled to appear to offer women innovative information, resources and remedies for perimenopause and menopause. The event includes workshops, small-group discussions and exhibitors.
Menopause is defined as when a woman has not had a menstrual period for at least 12 months. Perimenopause represents the years leading up to menopause, when many women experience symptoms resulting from hormonal imbalances. The average age range for women to enter these phases are between 40 and 55. More than 6,000 women in the U.S. reach menopause daily—and nearly 80% of them will experience hot flashes or night sweats. Less than seven percent will receive treatment for these and other symptoms such as belly fat, low libido, mood swings and insomnia.* Symptoms are often sudden and surprising. WisePause is a full-day summit designed to demystify and ease the perimenopause and menopause experiences.
“Our grandmothers and mothers never talked about menopause,” says Denise Pines, president of the California Medical Board. “This has resulted in half-truths, all-out myths, unnecessary anxiety and generations of women who have been unprepared for this inevitable yet manageable transition. We’re removing the stigma, so women don’t have to suffer in silence.”
The WisePause Lifestyle Tour is an empowered community experience that connects women to the best midlife health information, trusted healthcare professionals, innovative hormonal healing therapies, products and services, and to other women on similar journeys. In workshops and small-group “Table Talks”, experts in the fields of medicine, alternative medicine and healing arts will discuss topics including hormonal fluctuations, incontinence, nutrition and age-defying skin and beauty treatments.
Exhibitors at the Wellness Experiential Tent will be on hand to provide information and samples of massage, cryotherapies, nutritional supplements, organic foods, yoga and non-invasive skin and beauty treatments.
“Thankfully, today’s working world has embraced the needs associated with pregnancy and motherhood,” said Pines. “However, very few employers recognize or understand that women going through perimenopause or menopause have equally important needs that may require accommodations. Hopefully, starting this transparent conversation will open the door to creating a platform for women to garner much-needed support.” Scheduled participants include:
- Evie Delaney (Skin Specialist)
- Dr. Natasha Dawkins, Physical Therapist specializing in pelvic health
- Lauren Chiren, Menopause in the workplace expert
- Beth Houser Coughlin, M.S.Ed, Owner/Director of The Living Foods Institute at Tula Health
- Pamela Molinari – Personal fitness trainer
- Rebecca Turk – Stress relief through Soundbaths
- Tammy von Nordheim, MSW, CAMS, CTAS – Mental Health Therapist, Founder of Girl in the Glass Women’s Empowerment
Sponsored by AARP and Tea Botanics, The WisePause tour has hosted or will host events in Los Angeles (September 2019), Chicago and Washington, D.C. in 2020. For more information and to register for the WisePause Lifestyle Tour, please visit https://wisepausetour.com.
Advance tickets for the October 12, 2019 Atlanta tour are $49. To register, please visit https://wisepausetour.com
This post was curated by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.
This article originally appeared in The Burton Wire.